Joachim Lang sounds a little fed up. When it comes to Brexit, Theresa
May has “lost all sense of time. Instead of finally putting concrete
goals for the future relationship on the table, London keeps delaying,”
the head of Germany’s top industry association BDI complained in a
statement on Friday.
I swear at this point our government’s only real plan for Brexit negotiations is just to throw out whatever idea they happen to be thinking of at the time and just pray that they can get away with it and that somehow nobody would ever notice how stupid it is.
Then when called on it, they immediately back down. They form a new huddle, and the outcome is that they propose some other nonsense idea that’s immediately laughed out of the room.
I think literally anyone could do a better job of it than our government is currently managing. Just pick like 5 people off the street at random. Don’t even tell them what they’re doing, just bundle them blindfolded into the back of a van and dump them out in Brussels. They’d still get on better than Theresa May’s embarrassing lunatics.
Things are going OK, right? We’ve got that first-phase agreement. Next they’ll talk transition and then a trade deal. Maybe everything’s going to be alright.
Hah, you poor fool. No, we’re still screwed. Take a closer look at that first-phase agreement. […]
The problem lies in Section 49, which you can read here. […]
Why don’t you summarise it for me instead.
It pledges there will be no hard border between North and South Ireland. There are three stages to preventing it. First through the “overall EU-UK relationship”. If that fails, through “specific solutions”. And if that fails, through “full alignment” on the rules of the single market and customs union.
But just for Northern Ireland?
No, the deal also rules out a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, so any regulatory alignment here counts for all of us.
What’s the problem?
The first stage is impossible by virtue of government policy, the second stage is impossible by virtue of objective reality and the third stage just makes no sense at all.
… and remember, this agreement is legally binding!
Oh sure, let’s give the disastrous monster even more things to fuck up!
It can no longer be denied that the Tories have a deeply-rooted pathological and ideological hatred of our nation’s health service and want it actively destroyed, burned, sold off in chunks like scrap and the land it occupied salted for the rest of time.
Oh, and Boris Johnson is still Foreign Secretary. Because of course he is.